Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Genealogue Challenge #58

Here's another challenge courtesy of Genealogue reader Debbie Atchley.

W. C. Handy is known as the "Father of the Blues."

On what date were his parents married and who officiated at the ceremony?

And an extra credit challenge from me:

On what date did W. C. Handy's wife die, and what was the cause of death?

Drew Smith

Charles Bernard Handy and Elizabeth Brewer were married by Hiram Key on 21 March 1872, according to Marriage Book A, 1870-1876 for Lauderdale County, Alabama.

Drew Smith

Which wife?

Wife number two, Irma Louise Logan, died 31 January 1992 (according to the SSDI), most likely in Yonkers, New York, although I can't locate details for a cause of death.

Wife number one, Elizabeth Virginia Price, died 11 March 1937 of a cerebral hemorrhage, according to various online sources.


I was thinking of Wife No. 1, Elizabeth. There was an hour's delay in her admittance to Knickerbocker Hospital in Manhattan, which may have contributed to her death from cerebral hemorrhage.

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